Simplicity S65S Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Apr 29, 2021 at 10:29 am
Simplicity S65S Picture
7.5
Bare Floor
7.5
Low-Pile Carpet
8.2
High-Pile Carpet
8.2
Pets
8.7
Stairs
8.0
Cars
Vacuum Type
Stick/Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
Yes

The Simplicity S65 is a basic cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It offers excellent performance on high-pile carpet and clears a good amount of debris on low-pile carpet and bare floors. It's also easy to maintain and incurs few recurring costs. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel well-built and can be a bit of a hassle to store.

Our Verdict

7.5 Bare Floor

The Simplicity S65 is good for bare floors. It clears pet hair and small debris like rice without too much difficulty, though it has an easier time of clearing bulky material like cereal when its dirt compartment is partially full compared to when it's empty. It's easy to maintain and incurs few recurring costs.

Pros
  • Sucks up pet hair without difficulty.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Lightweight, portable design.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • Can have a hard time sucking up bulky debris.
  • Doesn't feel especially sturdy.
7.5 Low-Pile Carpet

The Simplicity S65 is a good option for low-pile carpet. It clears pet hair and most large debris like sand, though it struggles with finer material like baking soda. It isn't particularly demanding in terms of regular maintenance and incurs few recurring costs too. Unfortunately, while its plastic construction is lightweight, it doesn't feel sturdy.

Pros
  • Sucks up pet hair without difficulty.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Lightweight, portable design.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • Struggles with fine debris.
  • Doesn't feel especially sturdy.
8.2 High-Pile Carpet

The Simplicity S65 is great for high-pile carpet. It does an excellent job of cleaning pet hair and larger material like sand and clears a good amount of fine debris, like baking soda, from this surface too. It's also easy to maneuver and maintain.

Pros
  • Sucks up pet hair without difficulty.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Lightweight, portable design.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • Doesn't feel especially sturdy.
8.2 Pets

The Simplicity S65 is a great choice for cleaning up pet hair. It sucks up pet hair without an issue on most surface types. It has a vacuum head with a removable brushroll, allowing you to clear hair wraps fairly easily. It also has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, which is great if you have a heavily shedding pet.

Pros
  • Sucks up pet hair without difficulty.
  • Removable brushroll.
  • Low recurring costs.
  • Easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Small dirt compartment.
8.7 Stairs

The Simplicity S65 is an excellent option for cleaning your stairs. Its cordless design and lightweight plastic construction make it easy to clean larger staircases. It also does a good job of cleaning bare floors and low-pile carpet and clears an amazing amount of debris on high-pile carpet, so you should be able to easily clear debris regardless of your stairs' surface type.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
  • Versatile combination tool.
Cons
  • Doesn't feel especially sturdy.
8.0 Cars

The Simplicity S65 is great for cleaning the inside of your car. It can be easily reconfigured into a handheld vacuum and comes with a combination tool that you can use to tackle messes on automotive upholstery, easily scratched hard surfaces, and tight corners. Its cordless design also ensures that you don't have to stay close to an outlet to clean.

Pros
  • Lightweight, portable design.
  • Versatile combination tool.
Cons
  • Doesn't feel especially sturdy.
  • 7.5 Bare Floor
  • 7.5 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 8.2 High-Pile Carpet
  • 8.2 Pets
  • 8.7 Stairs
  • 8.0 Cars
  1. Updated Apr 29, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Apr 27, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Simplicity S65 feels reasonably well-built. It's mostly made of plastic, though its wand is made of lightweight metal. It doesn't feel particularly sturdy overall, and parts of it feel as though they could break if the vacuum is dropped, especially its clear plastic dirt compartment.

Thankfully, out-of-the-box assembly is quite easy thanks to the vacuum's use of easy-clip mechanisms.

8.0
Design
User Maintenance

This vacuum is impressively easy to maintain. There are relatively few parts that require regular maintenance.

  • Dirt compartment: The dirt compartment can be uncoupled from the main body of the vacuum and emptied over a garbage can after each use since it's quite small. You can also clean it with warm water, but be sure to leave it to dry completely before fitting it back in place.
  • Brushroll: You can access the brushroll by unlocking a cover on the side of the vacuum head with a coin. You can brush off any stuck-on debris by hand and cut away hair wraps with a pair of scissors.

8.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
SF65
HEPA Filter Part Number
SF65

This vacuum has low recurring costs.

  • HEPA filter: You can access the HEPA filter by removing a cover on top of the vacuum's main body, then twisting it counterclockwise to remove it. It can't be washed and should be replaced once a year, though the manufacturer recommends replacing it after six months if you suffer from allergies.

You can buy a replacement filter from the manufacturer's website.

4.8
Design
Storing
Height
35.24" (89.5 cm)
Width
9.84" (25.0 cm)
Depth
16.14" (41.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
No
On-Board Tool Storage
No
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The Simplicity S65 has poor storage capabilities. It has a storage station but has a larger footprint than the Dyson V7 Animal. You can store the combination tool on the rack station, but the vacuum itself doesn't feature any onboard storage capacity.

6.9
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.13 gal (0.50 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
Yes
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

This vacuum's dirt compartment is okay. It's slightly larger than that of the Dyson V7 Animal, though you still need to empty it frequently. Since it's made of clear plastic, it's easy to gauge how much room is left.

Design
In The Box

  • Simplicity S65 vacuum body
  • Dirt compartment
  • Vacuum head
  • Combination tool
  • HEPA filter
  • Wand
  • Docking station
  • AC adapter
  • 1x battery
  • Wall mount station
  • Mounting plate with screws
  • User guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

This vacuum's range is practically unlimited, as long as it has room left in its dirt compartment and battery life remaining.

8.1
Design
Portability
Total Weight
5.29 lbs (2.40 kg)
Weight In Hand
4.08 lbs (1.85 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Simplicity S65 is impressively portable. It weighs roughly the same as the Dyson V7 Animal, but it feels somewhat heavier in your hand. Its built-in carrying handle makes it easy to pick up and lift.

6.7
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
8 min
Maximum Battery Life
35 min
Recharge Time
180 min
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
Yes
Removable Batteries
Yes

The Simplicity S65 Standard has alright battery performance. Used in a handheld configuration in its 'Low Speed' suction mode, it yields over half an hour of continuous use, which should be enough to clean some smaller spaces. However, in its 'High Speed' mode with its extension wand and vacuum head fitted in place, it supplies under 10 minutes of runtime, so you need to work quickly when dealing with larger messes. It's worth noting that battery life can vary drastically depending on your usage habits. If you want a rough estimate of the remaining battery, you can look at the vacuum's indicator light, which turns from solid blue to red at lower charge levels.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
Yes
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
Yes
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
No

This vacuum has a couple of quality of life features. You can increase its suction power from the default 'Low Speed' mode to 'High Speed' to deal with stubborn debris. The vacuum head also rotates, making it easier to navigate tight areas, and has an LED headlight to illuminate darker spaces. The controls for power on/off and suction adjustment are also easily accessible.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
Yes
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
Yes
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
Yes
Soft Bristle Brush
Yes
Hard Bristle Brush
No
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

The Simplicity S65 Standard doesn't come with many tools. Its combination tool features a crevice cleaner to tackle messes and a sliding attachment with an upholstery tool at one end and a soft bristle brush at the other.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The Simplicity S65 can be used as a handheld vacuum by removing its wand.

Performance
7.5
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
92%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
53%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
83%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
99%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
99%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "High Speed"

This vacuum has good performance on bare floors. It sucks up pet hair and small debris like rice without too much difficulty. Unusually, it does an alright job of clearing bulky debris like cereal when its dirt compartment is partially filled but struggles with this when its dirt compartment is empty.

7.5
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
93%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
92%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
83%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
40%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
49%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "High Speed"

The Simplicity S65 delivers good overall performance on bare floors. It sucks up pet hair and larger debris like sand without too much difficulty. Unfortunately, it struggles somewhat with finer material, like baking soda.

Note: In testing, some debris would stick to the wheels and top of the vacuum head due to static buildup, giving it a somewhat dirty appearance.

8.6
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
97%
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
86%
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
89%
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
63%
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
61%
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used "High Speed"

This vacuum has excellent performance on high-pile carpet. It clears pet hair and larger debris like sand without difficulty. In addition, while it does a relatively good job of clearing finer debris like baking soda from this surface, it may take one or two extra passes to clear everything.

7.5
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Ok
Under Low Table
Ok
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Excellent

This vacuum has good maneuverability. It's light enough to be picked up and carried over minor obstructions like electrical cords, and switching tools and accessories is quick and simple, though the wand can be a little hard to detach. However, you have to crouch fairly deeply to clean under couches, tables, and other low-lying furniture. Unfortunately, rug tassels can get caught in the brushroll.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

There are three variants of the Simplicity S65, which seem to vary only in terms of included accessories. We tested the S65 Standard variant, and you can see its label here.

Model Name Parts Included
S65 Standard Wand, LED carpet/bare floor nozzle, combination tool, wall mount, 1x battery, charging/storage station
S65 Deluxe Wand, LED carpet/bare floor nozzle, combination tool, turbo brush, upholstery tool, wall mount, 1x battery, charging/storage station
S65 Premium Wand, LED carpet/bare floor nozzle, bare floor soft nozzle, combination tool, turbo brush, upholstery tool, angle adapter, wall mount, 2x battery, dual charging/storage station

Let us know if you come across another variant of this vacuum so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Vacuums

The Simplicity S65 is a basic cordless stick/handheld vacuum. It returns versatile overall performance and is easier to maintain than many other alternatives, like the Dyson V7 Animal. However, it doesn't feel particularly premium.

If you're looking for alternatives, consider our recommendations for the best cordless vacuums, the best cordless stick vacuums, and the best vacuums for high-pile carpet.

Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless

The Simplicity S65S and Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless each have their own advantages, so one may suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The Shark is better-built, has a larger dirt compartment, superior battery performance, and comes with more tools and accessories. It also does a better job of cleaning debris on bare floors. Meanwhile, the Simplicity offers better performance on low and high-pile carpet, is lighter overall, and easier to maintain.

Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H

The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is a better overall vacuum than the Simplicity S65S. The Shark is easier to store, offers slightly better battery performance, has a surface type adjustment feature, and performs significantly better on low-pile carpet and bare floors. It's also a little more maneuverable. Conversely, the Simplicity offers superior performance on high-pile carpet.

Dyson V7 Animal

The Dyson V7 Animal and Simplicity S65S each have their strengths, and one may suit you better than the other depending on your needs. The Dyson has lower recurring costs, is easier to store, comes with more tools and brushes, and delivers better performance on low-pile carpet. The Simplicity has a larger dirt compartment, better battery performance, is easier to maintain, and delivers better performance on bare floors.

JASHEN V16

The Simplicity S65S is better than the JASHEN V16. The Simplicity is easier to maintain, has a larger dirt compartment, is more maneuverable, and offers better performance on bare floors and low and high-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the JASHEN incurs fewer recurring costs and lasts longer on a single charge.

Miele Triflex HX1

The Miele Triflex HX1 is better than the Simplicity S65S for most use cases. The Miele is better-built, incurs lower recurring costs, is easier to maneuver, and delivers superior cleaning performance on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Its unique three-in-one design also allows you to configure it as a handheld, upright, and stick vacuum. Meanwhile, the Simplicity cleans more debris from high-pile carpet, has a larger dirt compartment, and takes less time to charge.

Samsung Jet 90 Complete

The Samsung Jet 90 Complete is better than the Simplicity S65S. The Samsung has a longer maximum battery life and takes less time to recharge, incurs slightly less recurring costs, and clears debris more effectively on bare floors and low-pile carpet. Meanwhile, the Simplicity is less demanding in terms of regular maintenance and weighs slightly less.

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